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Tenn. senator says he'll talk 'soon' about affair

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Sen. Paul Stanley Sen. Paul Stanley
McKensie Morrison McKensie Morrison
Joel Watts Joel Watts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Republican Senator Paul Stanley of Memphis is expected to soon break his silence about the affair he had with a legislative intern.

In a text message sent to the Association Press on Tuesday, Stanley said he had been waiting for his wife to return to Germantown so he could discuss the situation with her.

His message says he "will be saying something soon."

An alleged extortion plot revealed Stanley's affair with 22-year-old McKensie Morrison last week.

Court records show Stanley, 47, told agents investigating a blackmail case that he had a sexual relationship with Morrison.

Morrison's boyfriend, Joel Watts, is charged with trying to extort $10,000 from Stanley in April in return for photos and a video of the affair.

Last week, Stanley stepped down from his position as chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, but signaled he would remain in the Legislature.

State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and Shelby County GOP Chairman Lang Wiseman on Tuesday called on him to resign.

In a statement, Norris, whose suburban Memphis Senate district neighbors Stanley's, said, "The right thing for him to do is to step down from his Senate seat in time for the healing to begin and for the voters in District 31 to elect a new senator."

*The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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